Sometime you have to be very careful what you wish for, especially if the wishes are being granted by a capricious spirit such as a Psammead. Last season, Cambridge wished for promotion, this season they have to live with the consequences. Yes, we are playing against some of the great clubs - but the down side is we are playing against the great clubs. The stakes are high and there is little room for error.
This Saturday the Blood and Sand take on Blackheath Football Club - possibly the oldest football club in the world. Founded by old boys of Blackheath School, but never restricted to old boys, their early rivalry was against the school. So fans cheer for "Club" to reduce confusion - just as we might cheer for "Town" in our match against "Gown". They were founding members of the FA - withdrawing over the banning of hacking - and of the the RFU. Their home ground, the Rectory Field hosted some of the first internationals.
However, we are not visiting the Rec, as from this season the 1st XV are playing a few miles away at the Well Hall Pleasance. The club have not left the Rectory Field entirely, the mini and youth are still using the pitches there. However, a dispute over facilities and costs with the landlords - the cricket club - have led to the short move.
Well Hall was the childhood home of E Nesbitt, author of "Five Children and It" - where we first meet the wish granting send nymph the Psammead - and nearly 60 other books for children and for adults. The house is no longer there but the gardens remain as the Pleasaunce or pleasure gardens. The gardens are home to the only surviving Tudor barn in London. This has now been restored as a gastro pub.
With the relegation of Wharfedale, Blackheath are now the longest serving side at level three and have never been below level 4. Cambridge and Club had some epic encounters in our last period at level 3. Rectory Field was a bogey venue for Cambridge, who only one their once, a 41-43 thriller in 2009 - though we did do better at home.
Although they lost their opening fixture to Hartpury, Club have won their last six encounters, including a win away at fellow chargers Ampthill last week. This leaves them third in the table, level on points with Moseley. So we can expect another tough away game. Hopefully, we have learnt lessons from the defeat in Birmingham and gained some confidence form the win against Macclesfield and will take this improvement into the fixture.
It is only a short journey, and the more supporters we can take the more it will lift the team. So if you can make the journey please do. The ground is a short walk from Eltham station - which is served by trains from London Bridge and Victoria. The entrance is on Kidbrooke lane, off Westhorne Avenue. Use SE9 6TE as the post code for your sat nav if you are driving.